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Tricounty Family Ministries – March Update

Tricounty Family Ministries – March update

Sections:
1. Operations and Vision Update
2. New Computer Lab
3. Donation needs
4. Volunteers needed
5. Volunteer Guidelines for safety and for participation by children and youth

1. Operations and Vision Update

We continue to serve our neighbors outdoors for safety each Wednesday and are providing meals and groceries, as well as hygiene items, diapers, and winter clothing. Dismal weather has not deterred our volunteers or our neighbors who need sustenance for their families. We are operating our Healing Hands Ministry on Wednesdays to anyone who has a need. Our Community Assistance program operates on Thursdays, as we take applications for people who are behind on rent or utility bills. We are relieved that food pantry workers are included in the current phase of vaccine distribution, and many of our staff have already had their first shot. Several of us are fully vaccinated already.

While we continue to respond to the economic crisis of the pandemic, we are also looking ahead to how we can expand our work with the community. We have welcomed new Board members who are working on a Strategic Plan that will first shore up our infrastructure and lay the groundwork for our new programs. Our first priority is renovating our Life Center, located on Reynolds Ave, to provide efficiency apartments and supportive services to 8 families each year. Building on that success, we will grow our programs to include temporary housing for men and for families. North Charleston has long needed its own homeless shelter, and we intend to provide that and more. Our new facility will include space for housing as well as our food programs, a medical clinic, classroom space for job training, mental health support, and spiritual enrichment. We invite you to pray for us as we move boldly into the future with compassion and commitment to our neighbors in need.

2. New Computer Lab

We are partnering with the County of Charleston to help distribute a 12 million dollar federal grant to people behind on their bills due to Covid-19. Since many of our neighbors do not have computers or access to the internet, our goal is to provide a computer lab where people can access the online application and receive help with the process.

We are asking for donations of computers in good working order so that we can set up desks in our former clothes house. We are also looking for vaccinated volunteers who can work in close proximity to people at these computer desks. We will provide training in the application process, and which documents are needed. We’re asking volunteers to commit to a 2-hour shift each Monday or Thursday, for at least a month. If you’re fully vaccinated and are available 10am-12pm on either of those days, please contact Lydia Ford at Lydia.ford@tricountyfamilyministries.org.

Needed: Computers in good condition, laptops preferred, Mac or PC
Vaccinated volunteers, available 10-12 on Mon or Thurs

3. Donation needs

Office Shredder: 10-sheet capacity
Toiletries: toothpaste, soap, deodorant
Hand sanitizer, handi-wipes
Food: canned vegetables (corn, green beans, green peas)
canned protein (tuna, chicken, peanut butter)
Clothing: warm-weather clothing for men and women, in good condition
Brand new socks in original packaging
winter clothing will NOT be accepted until the fall (we have no storage space)

Second Saturday featured giveaway items:
By April 10th – Spring Cleaning: all-purpose cleaner, cleaning cloths, tub and tile cleaner
By May 8th – Children’s Summer of Fun: outdoor toys and games, books

Donations can be received on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-2.

4. Volunteers needed

In order to expand opportunities to serve people who are working M-F, we are opening the 2nd Saturday of every month. Our volunteer needs include all of the same jobs from Wednesdays, as well as help on the Friday before with food prep. Friday volunteer shifts will be 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Saturday volunteer shifts will be 9:15 am – 12:30 pm.

We need help on Mondays in the kitchen with meal preparation. We need help on Tuesdays with boxing up food and bagging groceries. Wednesday Food Distribution requires 12 people to run smoothly – we need your help!

See below for detailed guidelines about our safety procedures for volunteers, as well as our guidelines for children and youth participating on Saturdays.

Click this link to sign up for a volunteer shift:
https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=00C6CED9FFCDF766&cs=09C3BAD98FB88B6C7B7964735BC19BC8&sortby=l.title

First-time volunteers register here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0H0rc_KC_vFN_h66R6OXj4AbGRvXz9dCOFF5bdk6ZYqGiBg/viewform

5. Volunteer Guidelines:

Volunteers are prohibited if they:
1-have health or age factors that put them at higher risk for complications from the virus and have not been vaccinated
2-have recently experienced a cough, shortness of breath, fever, extreme fatigue, or sudden loss of smell and/or taste
3-have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 in the last 7 days
4-have been to an airport in the last 7 days
5-have been to an event with more than 20 people in the last 7 days

Volunteers agree to:
1-wear a mask that covers nose and mouth completely for their entire work shift
2-wash hands before, during, and after volunteering
3-maintain a distance of 6-feet from other volunteers and our guests

Children and Youth are welcomed under these circumstances:
Elementary-age children are welcome with a parent or grandparent, 1 child to 1 adult.
Middle-school youth are welcome with an adult chaperone, 2 youth to 1 adult.
High-school youth under 16 are welcome with an adult chaperone, 5 youth to 1 adult.
High-school youth age 16 and up are welcome on their own. If they come with a group that includes younger high school youth, they must be counted in the 5 to 1 ratio for that group.

Thank you for your continuing support. We are growing our capacity to serve because of your involvement in what we do. I thank God for your partnership!

Rev. Kara Joy Stewart
Executive Director
Tricounty Family Ministries
2105 Cosgrove Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
work – 843.747.1788
www.tricountyfamilyministries.org